Friday, June 11, 2010

{another french chair: the borne settee}

My last post looked at the intriguing dome chair of 18th–century France, so I thought…why not stay on topic and look at another chair of France's past? I drool over the shape of this round settee, and it would definitely be high on my wishlist!

via the showrooms of Garbriella Sarlo


This piece is traditionally called a “borne,” and is often found in linen, velvet, and leather. I tried to find an explanation of the name, but couldn't find one {anyone happen to know?} The Borne actually arose during Napoléon III’s period in France (mid-1800’s); yet another French influence making a come-back! Here's a photo of what the originals may have looked like:
This round settee is so perfect for an entryway. Here’s an example from designer Windsor Smith’s stunning L.A. home featured in House Beautiful:


It gives such a grand feel, and wouldn’t it be great as a spot to sit and put on your shoes?? Hey, a girl can dream! Although, maybe if I lived here I wouldn’t leave home much, it’s so pretty!


Here’s a closer look at this fabulous piece available through the Windsor Smith Home Collection, I just love the contrasting white piping and the deep tufting:


I think the Borne settee has come a long way, don't you? Hope you all have a fabulous Friday!

18 comments:

design traveller said...

It's so stylish and original... looks fantastic with checkered mosaic... nice post!

Vanessa@decor happy said...

Love Windsor Smith's entry. In the right context, like hers, the settee can be brilliant. Again, great research! The history of furniture was my favourite subject at design school - so fascinating.

barbara@hodge:podge said...

That chair looks grand in the formal entry. Having a chair like that would be a real indulgence!

Kathysue said...

This is one of my favorite entries. I love black and white checked floors and then you add this settee, well it is just perfection!! KATHYSUE

Marcus Design said...

Vanessa, I agree with you, I love learning about the history of pieces like this!

And Barbara, your right when you say this piece is a real indulgence, the settee from the Windsor Smith Collection is almost $10,000 bux! That's why it will be remaining on my 'dream wishlist' ;)

Anonymous said...

Love it,what a great entry, absolutely
grand I would take it any time. Thanks for sharing
Margo

Lisa said...

Great post! Such a pretty settee and of course being French, I love it!

MEADE DESIGN GROUP said...

Thanks for sharing another wonderful piece - Love the example at Windsor Smith residence.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Would love to have one but not in the budget now - and very unlikely to find one while thrifting! Super sexy seating!

Donna @ dh designs said...

What a very cool settee and in that entryway it is stunning!

Thanks for dropping by and entering my giveaway - Good Luck!

Maria Killam said...

That is the second best thing next to a fabulous round table with flowers to have in an entry like that, for sure!

Karena said...

Nancy, the enrty graced by the gray with white piping, fabulous!! Very cool settee.

Karena
Art by Karena

Elements said...

Loove that Windsor Smith entrance...wow what a statement when you walk in...I love a grand entrance...Great Post.

jane@TheEarringLady said...

Amazing! The first one I've ever seen - althoug now I want one! :)

DesignTies said...

I've had that Windsor Smith entrance in my inspiration folder for quite a while -- I love it!! And the round settee is perfect for the space :-) As for the settee with the contrasting piping -- love it too!! :-)

Kelly

P.S. Strawberry season here doesn't usually start till the end of June, so it's a bit early this year. I'm on basket #2 already, and planning to pick basket #3 on Thursday. YUM!!

theLENNOXX said...

Hmm, I am actually not a big fan of these chairs, I don't like the idea of people facing away from each other. That being said, the gray on in the last pictures is hawt!!

Kelly Berg said...

Thanks for the furniture lesson - didn't know what those darn things were called! I think they look great, but seem a little weird for social interaction. Love that first one by Gabriella Sarlo! It's like a work of art.

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